Forever Delayed: The Greatest Hits

Forever Delayed: The Greatest Hits

by Manic Street Preachers


Manic Street Preachers have always been a band of very specific charms, something that has not translated outside of the U.K. particularly well. Although it boasts a generous 20 tracks, the 2002 compilation Forever Delayed isn't likely to change that situation, even if it has the lion's share of their big singles, since a band devoted to sloganeering doesn't play outside of their province, or era, without some knowledge of their context. Plus, it's bewilderingly sequenced -- not chronologically, not as a set list, not with the hits loaded toward the front but as if you had all six albums on shuffle play on your CD carousel -- this disc careens between its 20 songs, occasionally gaining momentum through its juxtapositions (the opening one-two punch of "A Design for Life" and "Motorcycle Emptiness" captures the essence of the two phases of the band) but more often illustrating the extreme difference in the band during the Richey James Edwards and post-Richey eras. And though they certainly don't avoid Richey -- his face is on the cover, he provides the subtext of the band's entire career -- they do submerge the unsettling The Holy Bible, a record as nakedly honest and disturbing as In Utero, by just including one song, "Faster," from what is surely their best album. True, its music is too dark to sit comfortably next to the later hits, but without it, Forever Delayed is missing the pivotal point in the Manics' career, especially since Richey was at the heart of their music and worldview, even after his disappearance in 1995. His descent into despair is necessary to understanding the band, and it's what fuels their two great albums: the harrowing The Holy Bible and the triumph of Everything Must Go. Though Forever Delayed contains many excellent songs not on either, the context is so jumbled the music is somewhat diluted and novices would be better to hear either of those albums first. [Initial pressings of Forever Delayed contained a bonus disc containing new remixes of classic Manics songs, none particularly interesting. It would have been much better to offer a second disc of non-LP B-sides and rarities, since there many out there waiting to be collected.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998702929
catalogNumber: 87029

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manic Street Preachers   Primary Artist
Celia Sheen   Theremin
Ian Brown   Vocals
Aziz Ibrahim   Guitar

Technical Credits

George Harrison   Composer
Elvis Presley   Author
Manic Street Preachers   Composer,Producer
George Orwell   Author
Sylvia Plath   Author
Ted Hughes   Author
Stereolab   Remixing
William S. Burroughs   Author
Marius de Vries   Producer
Dave Eringa   Producer,Engineer
Robin Evans   Producer,Engineer
Howard Gray   Arranger,Producer
Ian Grimble   Engineer
David Holmes   Producer,Remixing
Phil Mossman   Producer,Remixing
Dennis Potter   Author
Mike Hedges   Producer
Chemical Brothers   Producer,Remixing
Jim Muotune   Engineer
Trevor Gray   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Jon Carter   Remixing
Cornelius   Remixing,Instrumentation
Greg Haver   Producer
Edward Hopper   Author
Ger McDonnell   Engineer
Vincent Van Gogh   Author
Guy Massey   Engineer
Steve Brown   Producer,Engineer
Alex Silva   Engineer
Samuel Beckett   Author
Chris Scallan   Engineer
Lee Butler   Engineer
Marc Lane   Engineer
Sean Genockey   Engineer
Dan Bierton   Programming
Tim Goldsworthy   Producer,Remixing
Bobby Dazzler   Producer
Pablo Picasso   Author

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